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Bakubung shaft sinking remains on track

By: Kimberley Smuts Shaft-sinking activities at platinum miner Wesizwe Platinum’s Bakubung mine, in the North West, remain on track, with the main and ventilation shafts now having reached a depth of 770 m. Shaft sinking started in 2012, following the receipt of $600-million in financing from the China Development... 

New corrosion-protection solution developed

By: Kimberley Smuts Wear control group Filter Focus has launched a new environment-friendly corrosion-protection solution, RustPrufe, used for protection of any surface, eliminating rust and corrosion for extended periods. The product is formulated with an added flash rust inhibitor, which provides a superior level... 

New corrosion-protection solution developed
RUSTPRUFE COATED COMPONENTS RustPrufe is environmentally-friendly solutionused to protect electric motors, equipment and structures in acid plants at numerous South African mines

New shaft drilling method under development

By: Kimberley Smuts Body copy: Raiseboring and drilling services group Master Drilling is evaluating the possibility of drilling a shaft without bottom access, which could bring about “a radical change” in the industry, executive director Koos Jordaan tells Mining Weekly. He explains that, traditionally, raiseboring... 

Obtaining social licence a manageable challenge for emerging miner

By: Kimberley Smuts Obtaining a social licence to operate is one of the main challenges faced by emerging miner Wesizwe Platinum, which is sinking the main shaft of its Bakubung mine, on the western limb of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. Wesizwe corporate affairs and investor relations executive Hamlet Morule tells... 

Training academy accommodates latest shaft sinking technology

Mining contracting company Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Training Academy at Bentley Park, near Carletonville, has adapted its conventional shaft sinking infrastructure to accommodate the latest shaft sinking methodology introduced to the South African mining industry from underground mining... 

Mine shaft systems division poised for growth

Global manufacturer and equipment supplier FLSmidth is initiating a five- to seven-year strategic business plan that will see its mine-shaft systems business grow organically, fill gaps in the market and build the necessary skills and experience to become a one-source solution in the global... 

Shaft impact course offered

By: Carina Borralho Aggregate, rock and mineral mine operators and plant managers can gain insight into the physics of processing materials using vertical shaft impact (VSI) crushers during a two-day course at US steel framing and metal lath system manufacturer CEMCO, in Belen, New Mexico. The next two-day course,... 

Shaft impact  course offered
NEIL HISE Hise has been with the family-owned company CEMCO since its inception in 1962 and has patented several VSI-related technologies in the US

Shaft-sinking specialist awarded work at platinum mine

Additional shaft-sinking work was awarded early this year to international shaft sinking and underground construction group Shaft Sinkers by platinum producer Lonmin for work at its existing Karee 3 upper group two (UG2) project in Marikana, Rustenburg, in the North West. The Karee No 3 shaft UG2... 

Condition monitoring system suitable for headgear bearings

By: Chantelle Kotze Industrial consumables and engineering firm Bearing Man Group (BMG) reports that its technical services team completed a condition-monitoring case study to assess continuous health on four rock winder headgear sheave wheel bearings at one of gold miner Goldfield’s shafts last year. 

Headgear manufacturer to complete contract in May

By: Chantelle Kotze Springs-based steelwork fabricator and erector Louwill Engineering will complete the construction of an 82-m-high conventional steel headgear for Chinese-owned Wesizwe Platinum’s new shaft development, south of the Pilanesberg nature reserve, in the North West, next month. 

Simulated mine shaft rig for full-load testing

Precision engineering firm Horne is to build a R5-million, 30-m-high test rig to enable full-load testing of its Levelok chairing and E-brake emergency mineshaft braking systems. 

Steel arch supports ensure mine shaft safety

Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa (SA) expects sales growth for its steel arch supports to the mining industry to remain positive, as long as mines expand and newoperations are opened, says Becker Mining SA chief sales officer Johann Smit. 

Increased need for equipment as mining operations evolve

By: Reggie Sikhakhane The global need for headgears, shaft equipment and related expertise is growing at a significant rate as openpit mines adopt underground mining methods to exploit finely disseminated or deep ore deposits.  

Initiative seeks to improve headgear quality

By: Reggie Sikhakhane Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) project house TWP, which is a member of the Mining Structures working group committee for the South African National Standards (Sans), is strongly advocating the adoption of South African mining standards as an International Organisation... 

SA fastener manufacturer seeks specialised machinery

By: Reggie Sikhakhane Fastening systems solutions provider Swagefast reveals that it is negotiating with an overseas fastener manufacturer for the acquisition of machinery that will enable it to manufacture more specialised fasteners, which are smaller in diameter, with sizes ranging between 5 mm and 6 mm.  



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